Sergeant of the Hide
- May 23, 2020
Excellent summary. Thanks for the info.I've been through the "what's the best lpvo" testing over the last couple years and currently own 3 of the higher end ones. I've yet to try the atacr 1-8.
I currently have two Kahles 1-6 (sm-1 and 3gr,) a S&B dual CC, and the new gen III razor.
I like them all for different reasons. I think my favorite is the Kahles for the 1x and weight, followed by the Schmidt, then the razor. I haven't tried the new Kahles 1-8 but want to.
Kahles: The BEST 1x fov by a wide margin. What you see when you bring the scope up is huge. Tube disappears, giant circle of reality with great situational awareness. Illumination is so-so. Bright enough for daylight, but not super crazy bright. Not a big fan of the intensity dial, wish it had clicks on\off for intensity. Both reticles work great for closeup or far out. Not as durable as the other two just from a general feel impression. Mag ring is easier to turn, more slop, elevation\wind clicks are mushy. But that 1x view....
Glass is very good, but some CA and not as clear as the Schmidt. Lightest weight.
Schmidt dual CC: 1x fov feels cramped. Tube is thick, a little tunnel vision when looking through. Best glass of the 3, clear and very good in low light.
The "dual" 1x v.s. 1.whatever x isn't as noticeable as you would think.
Red dot like illumination looks just like an aimpoint. On 1x the reticle is very faint, almost not there so it's very red dot like when the illumination is on.
At 8x the eyebox is tight, but not overly so.. and the glass is very good so you're able to see details, especially in low light. I really like the reticle design.
Usual great Schmidt turrets and quality.
This would be my top pick for a shtf scope if you have a billion dollars to spend haha.
Razor gen 3:
Love the reticle, 1x fov very good.. almost as big as the Kahles but not quite. Reticle on 10x is awesome, also usable through the whole range. I have the mrad version, not a big fan of ballistic reticles. 10x eyebox is very tight. You need to be stationary and not moving to really use it. Not really a problem but it's a little finicky. Crazy bright illumination. Build quality tougher than the Kahles. Better turrets\clicks than Kahles, seems more durable. My only gripe with the Razor is the glass, when comparing side by side to the other two scopes you see where your money went. Edge distortion and funny business when panning the scope around. Wish I could get this scope with better glass in it. A trade-off to get that 10x mag. Great choice for all features unless you suffer from glass snobbery like myself.